When it comes to electric mobility, there are several myths. In this sense, it is important to make the facts known and create a style of culture in this area.
MOBI.E presents and demystifies twelve myths about electric mobility. Are electric vehicles more expensive? Are electric vehicles dangerous?
12 Myths About Electric Cars: Truth or Lie?
Electric vehicles are increasingly a bet on Portuguese roads. However, questions about its characteristics and use continue to arise, which must be clarified. It is necessary to demystify some of the most talked about myths to make the best choice and bet on electric mobility:
#1 - Are electric vehicles more expensive?
Increasingly, electric cars are becoming economically attractive. Such a vehicle can present the same values as an equivalent diesel or gasoline, for the same characteristics and level of equipment.
The battery price has also dropped by around 80% in the last ten years. In addition, there is the right to tax benefits and a lower maintenance cost, which makes the total costs lower.
#2 - Not enough charging stations
There are many charging alternatives. The number of charging stations for electric vehicles is growing rapidly. The Mobi.E network has more than 2,485 charging stations, three quarters of which are AC chargers, providing a total of 5,100 outlets.
More and more companies offer charging stations to their employees and customers, with the possibility of carrying out domestic charging.
#3 - The loading process is too long
A vehicle is parked, on average, more than 90% of the time, namely at home or at work, so if you charge it in this period, the user does not feel the charging time. Charging time is important on long journeys, and for these situations the user already has high-power charging stations at their disposal, which reduce waiting time.
#4 – Electric vehicles don’t make long trips
Electric vehicles are not only aimed at making short trips. The latest vehicles have ranges of around 400 km, reaching 700 or 800 km, which is more than enough for long trips.
#5 - Electric vehicles are dangerous
Electric vehicles have the highest degree of safety, like conventional cars. They have safety systems that prevent the risk of fire or electric shock; for example, in the event of an accident, the flow of electricity from the battery stops immediately.
#6 - Electric vehicles do not contribute to the environment
These vehicles have the smallest ecological footprint of any vehicle type on the market. They contribute to the protection of the environment, as they do not emit carbon dioxide and other types of gases. As the use of electric vehicles increases, more and more studies show that these vehicles are more environmentally efficient throughout the entire life cycle.
#7 - Too many electric vehicles will overload the grid
Electric vehicles also ensure a secure supply of energy. A study carried out in Germany showed that, even if you started driving more than a million electric vehicles, your electrical network was capable of responding. Norway, the country with the highest use of electric cars, demonstrates that there is no need to worry about the supply of electricity.
#8 - Does electric mobility take away jobs?
Making an electric vehicle requires 30% less effort than making one with a combustion engine. In the long run, there could be fewer jobs in the auto industry. However, the success of electric vehicles will keep this industry running smoothly.
In addition, it creates new jobs for the production, installation, operation and maintenance of charging stations, for the development of specific technological solutions. The Mobi.E network alone has more than 30 certified producers, 22 traders and more than 70 operators.
#9 - Are electric vehicles dangerous for pedestrians?
Unlike combustion engine cars, energy-powered vehicles are quieter. With a speed below 30 km/h, these vehicles normally produce artificial sounds. At higher speeds, the noise generated by the tires is enough for pedestrians to be aware of the presence of cars.
#10 - Aren't they fast?
Electric motors have a lot of power, which is fully available from the start of acceleration. It is possible because these types of engines have access to torque from the start and have dynamic stability on the road.
#11 - Aren't they visually appealing?
Over time, electric cars have been innovating their design, which until then was quite common. Currently, most cars feature a futuristic model and design, with light and elegant elements.
#12 - Not enough raw materials?
With current technology, the amount of lithium available is enough to produce batteries for billions of cars. In addition, old batteries are recycled (in the long term it is possible to achieve a recycling rate of up to 97%).